Generally speaking, in the order I plan on getting them done.
Finish Northville Five & Dime and send to some readers for their input.
Help Zoe Keithley publish her novel and then move on to whatever publishing project she chooses next – personally I hope it’s her memoir-based novella.
Figure out what I’m going to do with Deviation – publish it solo or attach it to something else.
Finish my untitled horror story – 10,000 words or bust.
Finish The Irrepairable Past. Send to readers, publish by end of Summer 2014. Or, alternatively, decide it would be worth trying the traditional route.
Write the script for Bridgeport and ponder whether to do the same for Deviation
Finish Terror In a Small Town (and give it a new name). Send to readers, have it ready for early 2015 publication or submission to agents/publishers.
And scattered around in there will be random short stories that pop every now and then.
It’s a lot to get done in one year and if I finish half of it I’ll be satisfied. I’m also starting to noodle over another idea, following the example set by some other bloggers. A literary journal that will be published as an e-book and paperback a couple of times a year. It’s a growing idea in the corners of my brain. Here’s the idea: One of the handful of places where I’ve had short stories published is The First Line. Each quarterly issue consists of stories that all start with the same first line. I’ve thought for years that there should be a companion publication called The Last Line, where each story ends with the same last line. So, I think I want to try that out. Unfortunately, the people who run The First Line already own the rights to The Last Line, so I’ll have to name it something else. I even have the first last line picked out. Now, I just need to figure out how to make it happen.
One thing I will not be doing, with very rare exceptions, is reading manuscripts. I’ve spent a lot of time doing that this year and, unless I get paid to do it, I won’t continue. Well, except if you’re in the small pool of people whom I will gladly continue to assist – I think you know who you are.